How to Upgrade Drivers for a Video Card

How to Upgrade Drivers for a Video Card. Changes to your operating system or new software may cause conflicts with your video card or video card driver. If the manufacturer of your video card has created a new driver, you may solve the problem by installing it. You might also upgrade the driver to take advantage of a new video format.

Finding out What Video Card You Have

Step 1

Right-click on My Computer.

Step 2

Select Properties.

Step 3

Click on the Device Manager tab.

Step 4

Click on the plus sign to the left of "Display adapters." The name of the driver appears. Make a note of it.

Finding and Downloading a Newer Driver

Step 1

Go directly to the Web site of your driver's manufacturer.

Step 2

Click on the link for your video card, brand of video card or brand of video chip (if you don't have a separate video card).

Step 3

Follow instructions to download the driver.

Step 4

Save the file on your computer's desktop.

Installing the New Driver

Step 1

Find the existing driver in the Device Manager, as before. Right-click on it and select Remove.

Step 2

Double-click on the icon for the downloaded file.

Step 3

Follow installation instructions.

Step 4

Restart the computer.

Warning

Only download a later version of your video card's driver. Don't try the driver for another card; you may see unpredictable results. Attempting to change video drivers could make your computer inoperable. Get professional help if you need it.